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Re: How do you solve this math problem?...

#31 Post by pondrthis » Thu May 26, 2011 11:12 am

I was hoping I'd start some long debate between people, but alas, that's correct. T.T

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#32 Post by Kimiko » Thu May 26, 2011 11:13 am

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#33 Post by Risperidone » Thu May 26, 2011 11:29 am

Oh. Wow, that is a wonder... Ahahah. Alright, I'll also share my thought if that's okay.

I'd like to imagine that the calculator answered 0 because of its primal function which is to count (regardless of the mode of computation like MDAS). If it counts "20" by zero times, then it means that it didn't count it at all. Therefore, the answer is 0 or none. For the calculator to say that the answer is 20, it needs to count it once (x1)... even though if you think about it, multiplying 20 by nothing should have still left it as 20... v_v

But, yes. I do agree that the answer should be 10. Multiplication, then Addition. :wink:

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#34 Post by LVUER » Thu May 26, 2011 10:27 pm

BTW, have the thread author/creator (Mugenjohncel) said anything? It's been quite some time and the discussion have spanned across three pages. In case I missed his post... but is there any reply from him?
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#35 Post by Anima » Thu May 26, 2011 11:11 pm

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#36 Post by Alex » Fri May 27, 2011 11:08 am

Anima wrote:Yes, there was.
An infinite loop in this thread?...))

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#37 Post by LVUER » Fri May 27, 2011 10:56 pm

It's a link that to Mugen's post (which is in this thread too). So it's same thread but different page.
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#38 Post by Chrizine » Sun May 29, 2011 12:11 pm

If you follow any link that's in a thread wether you have already seen it or not, well, then, yes, there's an infinite loop ;-)
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#40 Post by Kimiko » Tue May 31, 2011 3:14 pm

sake-bento wrote:Apparently this math problem is A Big Deal. Who knew?
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#41 Post by LVUER » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:13 am

Reading that blog reminds me that there are many ... *beeeep* people in this world. They are so sure of themselves, insulting other people as they like, and yet they did the same mistake as people they insulted do... which is making mistake.
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#42 Post by Candedus » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:05 pm

I just asked my twin sis about it :

Me: *ask her*
twin: You don't have to ask, it's zero .
me: I think it's 10
twin : 0 x any number = 0 .. simple as that !
me : yeah 10 + 0 = 10 !
twin : 20 x 0 = 0 !
me : why not 10x0 = 0 then adding the other 10 ?
twin : no, they wrote 10 + 10 x 0 , do 10 + 10 first.
me: there's two answers then = p
twin : it's cant be, This question is stupid .. :evil: (goes away)

oh god even we're twins and our math grades were always the same.. we had two answers =_="
I think it's all about where you start, isn't it :wink: ?

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#43 Post by RemnantDream » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:14 pm

Candedus wrote:I think it's all about where you start, isn't it?
I think it's been mentioned before but here it is again:

There is only one way to start. You have to follow the order of operations to do it correctly. Even if the problem doesn't necessarily say to use PEMDAS, you still must to get the correct answer. So you would have to multiply the 10 and the 0 first then add 10. I'm fairly sure several people have said it but I felt like adding my input :P

So, the correct answer is 10. Anything else is wrong.
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#44 Post by LVUER » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:52 pm

It's just because those people (who answer zero) simply doesn't know the "rule" to count the formula (the PEMDAS). Perhaps they just doesn't pay enough attention in basic math class or never attend a computer science class.
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#45 Post by PyTom » Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:57 pm

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eileen:~$ python
Python 2.7.1+ (r271:86832, Apr 11 2011, 18:13:53) 
[GCC 4.5.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

In [1]: 10 + 10 * 0
Out[1]: 10
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